Sunday, January 9, 2011

Super Quote Sunday - "The Ability To Start Over"

This week, I'm excited to feature today's guest blogger, Margaret Norton from North Carolina. This extraordinary woman is an author, a public speaker and a life coach.

When Ties Break: A Memoir about How to Thrive After Loss, is the true story of Margaret Norton. Navigating a wide range of losses and trials, she finds healing, strength, forgiveness, and recovery through prayer, as her life unfolds according to God’s plans, not hers. In reading her personal story, you learn that it is okay to start over again and again until you get it right.

"Life Gives Us Many Chances to Start Over Again – Like a Cat with Nine Lives"

Children fall many times before they learn to ride a bike. They start riding with training wheels and an older person close by. With each fall and recovery they become more confident. The child soon learns that it is okay to fall, and they transfer this attitude to other life skills.

This is the way it should be, but sometimes, especially as children get older, they no longer want to take chances or start over.

Babies and toddlers are cute and fascinating, but those adorable creatures can be monsters at times. Do parents become inpatient and critical as their children get older?

Being a parent is the hardest job in the world, yet it doesn’t come with an instruction book. Often we repeat the mistakes of our parents. Almost always we underestimate the power we have over our children.

The spheres of influence change when children start to school. School is a place where many children fail over and over as they learn the required work and advance to the next grade.

Eventually children leave home and form relationships. As relationships grow, problems develop. Unfortunately, abuse exists in many relationships. The abuser destroys the victim’s self-esteem. In time, the victim questions their ability to make good decisions and often stops trying.

Is the ability to start over a learned skill - one that started at birth, is reinforced in school and passed into adulthood? It’s an attitude and is shaped by all the individuals we interact with.

Unfortunately, some experiences cause us to quit trying when we make mistakes. This is tragic since our greatest growth often comes from our biggest mistakes.

~Margaret Norton

Thought For the Day: Have you given up trying at something you need to change? Why not try again, as many times as it takes?

To learn more about Margaret and her work, please visit her website,

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